Launched June 2013, the Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB) is an alliance of Sarah Lawrence College and the Beczak Environmental Education Center. The mission of CURB is to advance environmental knowledge and stewardship by providing high quality K-12 environmental education for the local community, establishing a regional hub for research and monitoring focused on Hudson River estuary and urban watershed issues, and serving as a welcoming open community space for a variety of civic and cultural activities.
The College seeks a Director of Education to supports the mission of the center by developing education program curriculum, teaching various K-12 environmental education programs, teacher trainings, and related programs for 4,000-5,000 annual visitors, supervising education staff and interns, and providing outreach to schools and other collaborative community partners.
Education Program Development and Implementation (70%)
Direct and supervise all education programs for CURB. This includes programs for schools, community groups, family programs and special events.
Design and implement environmental education curriculum, program development, and assessments.
Design and implement professional development workshops for teachers and ensure CURB programs align with school curriculum plans and New York State Common Core Learning Standards.
Manage the education staff and student interns; providing educational training, ensuring the quality of work, and providing support and feedback.
Manage all educational displays, teaching materials, technology and lab equipment related to program implementation.
Education Outreach (15%)
Coordinate and conduct professional development workshops including “Teaching the Environment” with SLC Child Development Institute, and present at various professional meetings and conferences.
Serve as a liaison to Yonkers Public Schools Board of Education, by coordinating and implementing contracts with district personnel, school administration, and teachers.
Serve as a liaison to SLC Art of Teaching faculty by providing program and grant support, curriculum workshops, and training events for the graduate students.
Conduct outreach and program planning with Sarah Lawrence College departments including the Art of Teaching program, the Child development Institute and the Early Child Center.
Mentor and supervise high school students in supporting their Hudson River focused research projects conducted at CURB. Coordinate schedules with teachers to meet the project goals and requirements.
Meet and Greet CURB visitors providing information about the center and promoting upcoming events and ways to get involved.
Provide grant support as needed.
Schedule all education programs, providing teacher consultation and curriculum support.
Coordinate the CURB calendar and educator assignments.
Maintain all education program paperwork including confirmation letters, invoices, documentation and record keeping.
Record all SLC department and class visits to CURB.
Create and provide education program reports to Director.
Provide education grant support to Director as needed.
Maintain, organize and order office and facility cleaning supplies as needed.
B.S. in a natural science, education or related degree and at least 5 years related experience teaching environmental education in an informal setting. Master’s Degree can be substituted for 2 years’ experience. At least 2 years’ experience must be at a supervisory level.
Knowledge of river and estuary biology, ecology, habitats, etc. and a passion for the environment.
Fluency with Microsoft Office software.
Ability to travel occasionally and attend some evening events.
Excellent organizational, communication and writing skills.
Experience and comfort working in an outdoor setting, regardless of weather conditions.
Knowledge specific to the Hudson River estuary: history, biology, and current issues, including climate change.
Knowledge of NYS Learning Standards.
Experience designing and conducting educational assessments.
Grant writing and reporting experience including state and federal sources (DEC, EPA, NOAA, etc.)
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